Rita Freimanis, MD

Professor
Professor, Clinical Radiology

Biography

Rita Freimanis, MD, is professor of clinical radiology in the Breast Imaging section at the University of California, San Francisco Mount Zion. She obtained her medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1985. In 1990, she completed her four-year Diagnostic Radiology residency program at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital/Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem. Before Dr. Freimanis came to UCSF, she was a professor in the department of radiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, as well as the previous Section Head of Breast Imaging, Director of the Breast Imaging Fellowship Program, Radiology Residency Program Director and Vice-Chair of Education.

Dr. Freimanis’ research interests include collaborating with other clinicians and basic scientists in areas related to breast imaging and breast cancer. She has experience in the evaluation of advance technologies such as stereotactic core needle biopsy, Homologous Electrical Differences Analysis (HEDA), Positron Emission Mammography (PEM), and digital mammography, looking at soft­copy versus film display and computer aided detection. Overall, Dr. Freimanis believes in the importance of anticipating needs of the next generation of patients and imagers, and working to maintain top quality breast imaging services for patients.

Dr. Freimanis was for many years an invited examiner for the American Board of Radiology and clinical image reviewer for the American College of Radiology mammography accreditation program. She has directed over 20 breast cancer and breast imaging CME meetings. She has 9 book chapters, 29 journal articles and over 100 invited presentations.

Dr. Freimanis provides many years of experience related to breast imaging, and her expertise in breast cancer, radiology, and education is recognized nationally and internationally.

Expertise:
Breast Imaging

Specialty:
Breast cancer, breast imaging

Professional Interests:
Mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, image­guided breast biopsy, multidiscipline breast cancer approach, breast tomosynthesis

Education and Training:
• Medical School: Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
• Residency: North Carolina Baptist Hospital/Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem

Honors and Awards

Elected Fellow, American College of Radiology, 2003
James L. Quinn III, MD Award For Teaching Excellence, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Radiology, 1998-2015
Outstanding Resident Award, Wake Forest Radiology, 1990
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 1985
Best Female Medical Student, Bowman Gray SOM, American Medical Women’s Association Certificate of Merit, 1985

Publications

Greenwood HI, Lee AY, Lobach IV, Carpentier BM, Freimanis RI, Strachowski LM. Clustered Microcysts on Breast Ultrasound: What Is an Appropriate Management Recommendation? AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Sep 20; W1-W5.
Foo ET, Lee AY, Ray KM, Woodard GA, Freimanis RI, Joe BN. Value of diagnostic imaging for the symptomatic male breast: Can we avoid unnecessary biopsies? Clin Imaging. 2017 Sep - Oct; 45:86-91.
Freimanis RI, Yacobozzi M. Breast cancer screening. N C Med J. 2014 Mar-Apr; 75(2):117-20.
Smith TR, Levine EA, Freimanis RI, Akman SA, Allen GO, Hoang KN, Liu-Mares W, Hu JJ. Polygenic model of DNA repair genetic polymorphisms in human breast cancer risk. Carcinogenesis. 2008 Nov; 29(11):2132-8.
Van Emburgh BO, Hu JJ, Levine EA, Mosley LJ, Perrier ND, Freimanis RI, Allen GO, Rubin P, Sherrill GB, Shaw CS, Carey LA, Sawyer LR, Miller MS. Polymorphisms in CYP1B1, GSTM1, GSTT1 and GSTP1, and susceptibility to breast cancer. Oncol Rep. 2008 May; 19(5):1311-21.
Cole EB, Pisano ED, Zeng D, Muller K, Aylward SR, Park S, Kuzmiak C, Koomen M, Pavic D, Walsh R, Baker J, Gimenez EI, Freimanis R. The effects of gray scale image processing on digital mammography interpretation performance. Acad Radiol. 2005 May; 12(5):585-95.
Sharp PC, Michielutte R, Spangler JG, Cunningham L, Freimanis R. Primary care providers' concerns and recommendations regarding mammography screening for older women. J Cancer Educ. 2005; 20(1):34-8.
Smith TR, Levine EA, Perrier ND, Miller MS, Freimanis RI, Lohman K, Case LD, Xu J, Mohrenweiser HW, Hu JJ. DNA-repair genetic polymorphisms and breast cancer risk. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2003 Nov; 12(11 Pt 1):1200-4.
Zhao L, Freimanis R, Bergman S, Shen P, Perrier ND, Lesko N, Pulaski T, Pulaski S, Carr JJ, Levine EA. Biopsy needle technique and the accuracy of diagnosis of atypical ductal hyperplasia for mammographic abnormalities. Am Surg. 2003 Sep; 69(9):757-62; discussion 762.
Adler LP, Weinberg IN, Bradbury MS, Levine EA, Lesko NM, Geisinger KR, Berg WA, Freimanis RI. Method for combined FDG-PET and radiographic imaging of primary breast cancers. Breast J. 2003 May-Jun; 9(3):163-6.
Sharp PC, Michielutte R, Freimanis R, Cunningham L, Spangler J, Burnette V. Reported pain following mammography screening. Arch Intern Med. 2003 Apr 14; 163(7):833-6.
Cole EB, Pisano ED, Kistner EO, Muller KE, Brown ME, Feig SA, Jong RA, Maidment AD, Staiger MJ, Kuzmiak CM, Freimanis RI, Lesko N, Rosen EL, Walsh R, Williford M, Braeuning MP. Diagnostic accuracy of digital mammography in patients with dense breasts who underwent problem-solving mammography: effects of image processing and lesion type. Radiology. 2003 Jan; 226(1):153-60.
Levine EA, Freimanis RI, Perrier ND, Morton K, Lesko NM, Bergman S, Geisinger KR, Williams RC, Sharpe C, Zavarzin V, Weinberg IN, Stepanov PY, Beylin D, Lauckner K, Doss M, Lovelace J, Adler LP. Positron emission mammography: initial clinical results. Ann Surg Oncol. 2003 Jan-Feb; 10(1):86-91.
Pisano ED, Cole EB, Kistner EO, Muller KE, Hemminger BM, Brown ML, Johnston RE, Kuzmiak CM, Braeuning MP, Freimanis RI, Soo MS, Baker JA, Walsh R. Interpretation of digital mammograms: comparison of speed and accuracy of soft-copy versus printed-film display. Radiology. 2002 May; 223(2):483-8.
Carr JJ, Hemler PF, Halford PW, Freimanis RI, Choplin RH, Chen MY. Stereotactic localization of breast lesions: how it works and methods to improve accuracy. Radiographics. 2001 Mar-Apr; 21(2):463-73.
Webber RL, Underhill HR, Freimanis RI. A controlled evaluation of tuned-aperture computed tomography applied to digital spot mammography. J Digit Imaging. 2000 May; 13(2):90-7.
Cheng HD, Lui YM, Freimanis RI. A novel approach to microcalcification detection using fuzzy logic technique. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 1998 Jun; 17(3):442-50.
Thomason JW, Ely EW, Chiles C, Ferretti G, Freimanis RI, Haponik EF. Appraising pulmonary edema using supine chest roentgenograms in ventilated patients. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1998 May; 157(5 Pt 1):1600-8.
Ely EW, Johnson MM, Chiles C, Rushing JT, Bowton DL, Freimanis RI, Choplin RH, Haponik EF. Chest X-ray changes in air space disease are associated with parameters of mechanical ventilation in ICU patients. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 1996 Nov; 154(5):1543-50.
Murphy JS, Freimanis RI, Harmon BH. Abdominal mass in a four-year-old boy. Invest Radiol. 1990 Sep; 25(9):1058-60.
Freimanis R, Zoghbi SS, Gottschalk A. The effect of 'irrelevant' IgG protein selection on target uptake ratios of radiolabeled antibodies. Invest Radiol. 1988 Jul; 23(7):537-9.